Safest Method of Payment? Cash. Consumers Don’t Trust Mobile Payments Just Yet

Safest Method of Payment? Cash. Consumers Don’t Trust Mobile Payments Just Yet

You hand the cashier a buck or two, get a little change in return and your Snickers bar is bought and paid for. Easy as that. A majority of consumers (56%) believe that cash is the safest method of payment, and for small purchases that makes sense. But 59% of us carry $20 or less – and only 11% have paid for something in cash in the past day.

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401k Millionaires: How to Become a Seven-Figure Saver

401k Millionaires: How to Become a Seven-Figure Saver

The message seems to finally be getting through. Americans are getting serious about saving for retirement – and some tangible results prove it. A soaring stock market for the past few years hasn't hurt either. Fidelity Investments reports the number of "401(k) millionaires" has nearly doubled in the past two years. Here's how to become a seven-figure saver.

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Spring Housing Outlook: For Some, A Window of Opportunity

Spring Housing Outlook: For Some, A Window of Opportunity

Buying a house can be a scavenger hunt -- or a feeding frenzy -- depending on where you live. America’s housing market is a study in contrasts. Hot here, in recovery there. Meanwhile, the percentage of first-time homebuyers hit a 20-year low last year. One reason: It was hard to qualify for a loan. What's the forecast for this year's peak home hunting season?

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Home Remodeling Boom Is On: Spend Wisely; Less Is More

Home Remodeling Boom Is On: Spend Wisely; Less Is More

Strap on the tool belt and grab a power drill. More than half (57%) of homeowners have a home improvement project on their to-do list this year. And we’re not talking minor touchups or a quick coat of paint. More than one-third (36%) of homeowners plan to spend $5000 or more this year on renos. And 18% are stepping up and knocking more than $10,000 out of the park to dust off the old home plate.

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Robo Advisors Ranked: The Top Ten Automated Online Investing Services

Robo Advisors Ranked: The Top Ten Automated Online Investing Services

The smart money machines are getting smarter, cheaper and are proliferating at Terminator speed. Intelligent machines not only want to assimilate our middle class jobs, they want to manage our money. Moore’s Law projects that computers will equal the processing power of the human brain by 2025. In the meantime, hand over your retirement account.

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Brian Williams' $5 Million Fib: How Little Lies Can Cost You Your Job

Brian Williams' $5 Million Fib: How Little Lies Can Cost You Your Job

It was a $5 million fib. Maybe even more expensive than that. NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams' war story tall tale cost him six months pay, and considering his freshly signed five-year, $50 million contract, that's an expensive white lie. The fact is, he's likely never to return to the anchor desk at NBC, so his out-of-pocket penalty could be much larger.

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